At the start of December, I tweeted how pivotal our game against Brighton would be for our season.
Win and I felt that we’d kick on with confidence as the games came thick and fast. But if we lost or drew, then I felt it could be a difficult month for us.
I’m hating myself for typing this but I called it. Brighton’s late leveller set the tone for a month that, Chelsea and Watford results aside, was hugely disappointing and frustrating.
The injuries to Ogbonna, Zouma and Cresswell have had a catastrophic impact on us. We’re not the same force without them.
Even against Watford, who were absolutely shocking, I felt they were easily opening us up and they could’ve added to their early goal.
We also rode our luck on numerous occasions against Palace. In all honesty, we could’ve been losing 5-3 at half time had Palace been as clinical as you’d expect from a Premier League surprise.
The blame for both goals against Palace had to be on Diop. It was his man who scored the first and he gave away a needless free kick for the second.
My concern at the moment is that teams have worked us out and know we are vulnerable at the back.
Despite our position in the table on New Year’s Day, I do think we’ll soon fall behind the so-called Big Six.
We’ve got Leeds, Man United, Watford, Leicester, Newcastle and Wolves coming up in the league, and I can only see us picking up seven points.
I wrote in November that I would never doubt Moyes again – that didn’t last long did it!